Spirituality & Psychedelic Retreats: 10 Reasons Why You Should Try 5-MEO-DMT
Nicole Kidman starred in a hit series on HBO called "9 Perfect Strangers" and is shifting the way many view yoga retreats.
The big plot twist (warning spoiler alert) is that she starts to microdose each of the participants without their knowledge or consent.
Eventually, the participants figure it out and give their consent. Melissa McCarthy's character brings much-needed comic relief to this serious topic as each person goes on a trip, opening doors in the mind that otherwise would have stayed closed.
Healing herbal retreats, otherwise known as psychedelic retreats, are becoming more and more popular as of late. Costa Rica has become a bastion for these kinds of retreats, offering various kinds from a variety of healing herbs.
As many people are looking for answers to their lives, these healing herbal psychedelic retreats offer a unique opportunity for people to take a week out of their lives to peer into the vast unconsciousness of their minds.
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In the yoga tradition, this science of "healing herbs" has been closed off. My own yoga teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, has claimed that the sages closed this teaching off about a thousand years ago. Due to the abuse of this teaching, the sages of the Himalayan Tradition decided to not offer it.
Yoga offers equally powerful meditation and pranayama techniques to enable people to peer into the vast unconsciousness of their minds. However, some people are experiencing incredible benefits life-changing benefits from psychedelic retreats and micro-dosing. What gives added value to these experiences is that it is done under the supervision of professionals, usually, psychologists, who are trained to guide people.
One of the main ingredients in these healing herbs is 5-MEO-DMT.
What is 5-MEO-DMT (Bufo) and where does it come from?
5-MEO-DMT is well known to be the strongest psychedelic on earth. It is a molecule belonging to the same family as DMT. DMT is also called the spirit molecule. It is used in Ayahuasca shamanic retreats as traditional spiritual medicine.
Both 5-MEO-DMT and DMT are found in different locations though.
DMT is found in a plant originally from the mystic Peru Amazonian jungle. 5-MEO-DMT is a substance naturally present in the venom located in the skin of the Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo Alvarius), also known as the Colorado River Toad.
This toad is originally from the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Hence the popular name Bufo used often to substitute 5-MEO-DMT.
Amphibians are symbols of transformation. Using their venom has been part of native Americans' healing rituals for centuries. Nowadays, the use of 5-MEO-DMT in the world of psychedelic experiences is spreading.
Fortunately, 5-MEO-DMT can now be produced synthetically to prevent putting pressure on the Toad species population.
So what's all about 5-MEO-DMT (Bufo) that makes it so intriguing?
Let's have a look at the 10 reasons why experiencing a session with 5-MEO-DMT is the one thing to put on your bucket list.
10 reasons why you should do a 5-MEO-DMT experience once in your lifetime
1- 5 MEO-DMT is the most powerful psychedelic in the world
Both DMT and 5-MEO-DMT contain DMT, the spirit molecule.
DMT - N, N-Dimethyltryptamine, is an entheogen whose substance is naturally present in many plants and animals. It is also found in the human body in a very low amount, in the pineal gland located in the brain.
DMT is a "way-shower". Once you drink the brew mixing DMT and other plants, usually during an Ayahuasca ceremony, it will bring you on a long journey within your inner world. This trio can last between 4 to 8 hours.
During the first phase, you may face your traumas, the conditioning you have been imposed by society, education, and your limiting beliefs.
In a second phase, you may be able to envision things from new perspectives. Considering new possibilities and getting some guidance and insights about your life path.
It sounds very powerful, right?
Well, 5 MEO-DMT is four to six times stronger than its cousin DMT.
But unlike DMT, the toad venom isn't known for its visualization or visionary properties, because it takes you "right there".
The experience is often described as a "perspective shift". A change in perspective allowed by the destruction of the Ego. 5 MEO-DMT will bring you straight away beyond your body, beyond time and space, into the realm of God.
You will become just an awareness. You will experience a state of oceanic bliss and divine consciousness.
An awareness of pure and unconditional love.
An experience of non-duality. According to the concept of duality, the individual is separated from other beings and the universe. During the peak of the bufo session, you are not a separate individual anymore.
You get to experience Oneness. A profound connection with the universe and all beings.
Bufo has been reported as an experience very similar to the death experience. Followed then by a rebirth.
2- 5-MEO-DMT provides an instant experience...
What is the most spectacular with Bufo is that despite being the strongest psychedelic, it is also the only one with an instant effect. That is the reason why it is so unique.
Indeed, a single inhalation vaporizing or smoking 5-MEO-DMT will instantly bring you 'there'. No need to go through a preparation stage. No prior ceremony, no long journey to face your demons, memories, and traumas beforehand.
The body may feel heavier or you may not be aware of it at all. Intense emotions are guaranteed, ranging from fear to euphoria.
It is also common to experience nothingness, only pure white light.
A sense of being outside of time and space while simultaneously experiencing both.
3 - ...And a uniquely short trip compared to other psychedelics
Bufo has another unique feature: the short duration of the experience. Especially if we compare it to psychedelics such as Ayahuasca, LSD, and Psilocybin (mushrooms).
The peak lasts only between 20 to 30 minutes and the effects can be felt up to 90 minutes after smoking the substance.
So surprisingly, 5-MEO-DMT provides at the same time the strongest, the fastest, and the shortest gateway to the most transcendent experience and awareness expansion possible.
After the peak comes the period of Integration.
It is essential to take the time to slowly return to body awareness and the human's world 3-Dimensions.
Like other psychedelics, it takes time to interpret and understand the messages and insights conveyed by a bufo session.
One may need up to several weeks to fully integrate and process the benefits and changes brought by the experience.
Before smoking the bufo itself, it is highly recommended to undergo some energy work. The facilitator may offer a Thai, deep tissue, or pressure point massage to remove any energy blockages.
First, it will allow the energy to flow freely within the body.
Second, it will provide a great sensation of relaxation to be fully prepared for not doing anything. This state of relaxation is required to avoid any resistance during the bufo session.
It will help the ego to let go, avoiding it to be in the way. As a result, you can transcend both the body and the ego, and reach a state of pure bliss.
To sum up, in a total of approximately 4 hours (if including a 2 hours massage), you will have been through the most spiritually intense experience.
The closest approach from the divine one can pretend to as a human. And you will be able to go on with your life activities, 'almost' as if nothing had happened afterward.
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4- Smoking Bufo is a life-changing experience
This experience of consciousness expansion is life-changing. What else really matters once you know that existence is eventually nothing else than pure love. Whatever you think, don't think, do or not do.
You only need to experience Bufo once in your lifetime to become aware of what life really is.
Whatever you do or don't do.
You are whole, complete, love, loved, and limitless. What an amazing insight right?
Knowing this represents the end of the concept of duality. The "I am" opposed to "they", standing for the rest of the world, the remaining beings, and the universe.
This can be a profound discovery for every person on a spiritual development journey looking at reaching enlightenment. The access to the sacred knowledge and divine consciousness, to free the self from suffering.
Indeed, if we are already all ONE, there is no need to go anywhere or to reach any result or specific state to be whole. To free oneself from suffering. To experience universal consciousness and the bliss of oneness.
All beings are already perfect, and free. Knowing that one can continue his life with the simple joy and relief to just have to BE.
After all, in the last century, quantum physics has proven through thousands of scientific studies that everything is in reality nothing.
Atoms - the "building blocks" of matter - consist almost entirely of empty space, energy, vibrations. Even science seems to acknowledge that there is no space, no time, that everything is one. One pure love. And one "field of infinite possibilities".
Being able to recognize that can bring instant liberation and end of suffering.
This sense of tasting sacredness, oneness with the surrounding world, can lead to a profound positivity and comprehension of deep truths about reality that we can not perceive as human.
It can also help to find a sense of equanimity in front of life's difficult events.
Beyond this unique experience, 5-MEO-DMT has got several proven healing effects.
5- The profound healing effects to expect with the toad experience
In only a single inhalation of the substance, Bufo brings lasting self-improvements. This can include mental clarity and mindfulness, increased motivation, and well-being. It also enhances awareness, joy in living, and a sense of inner peace.
It can also heal negative behaviors and shift habitual negative thought patterns.
Entheogenic are used for centuries as a tool for personal and spiritual growth. But psychedelics including 5-MEO-DMT can also be used for therapeutic use.
Clinic research into 5-MEO-DMT's therapeutic use is limited. Still, psychedelic has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and addictions.
It also helps to cure emotional traumas and reduce the symptoms of psychological or neurological disorders.
In a survey of 362 adults, 80% of respondents reported improvements in anxiety and depression after using 5-MeO-DMT. They also reported an increase in general well-being and life satisfaction.
In addition, the dissolution of the ego and the state of oneness experienced with 5-MEO-DMT can help to overcome, or even completely heal, the existential fear of death.
This can benefit any individual, allowing oneself to continue more serenely on his life journey. But this is also a tool of great relief for people in palliative care in terminal phases of cancer.
Myke Tyson, the ex-world champion boxer, is an example of a world-famous personality whose life has been completely transformed after experiencing 5-MEO-DMT.
Before the session, his drugs and mental problems were tremendous. During the session, he related experiencing complete destruction of his ego, which for him was all he had, as he said.
After smoking Bufo, only in one session, he reported a drastic shift in his state of mind. As a consequence, he completely positively changed his life. He switched from drug addictions and violence to kindness and peace.
Here is an extract of what he reported:
"It knocked me off the ground and dramatically changed my life. I came across 5-MEO-DMT. I smoked it and I've never been the same, I look at life differently, I look at people differently. It's almost like dying and being reborn. It's unthinkable. I tried to explain to some people, like my wife but couldn't find any words. It is almost as if you die, you are submissive, you are modest, you are vulnerable, but you are still invincible. "
You come as you are, with the burden you are carrying and all your sufferings, and you leave transformed.
6 - No specific detox is required before smoking the toad venom
One other great advantage of 5-MEO-DMT: the participant doesn't necessarily need to do a special diet or detox to get prepared.
This is unusual for a psychedelic experience, especially compared to Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Indeed, to be prepared to drink the beverage Ayahuasca, it is required to have a body as clean as possible. This way the medicine doesn't have to clean so much itself.
As a consequence, it is advised to undergo a vegan diet one week before the first Ayahuasca session. Then, it is recommended to follow a complete detox from alcohol, salty food, sugar, pepper, meat, coffee, cigarettes, drugs, and sex. Starting 5 days before, and finishing 5 days after the Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Of course, the healthier you are the better, whether taking psychedelic or not and whatever psychedelic you take!
But doing a detox before experiencing 5-MEO-DMT is not mandatory. So it makes it more accessible and easy for the common man.
Lastly, there is no psychological screening process required before a Toad venom session. This is also quite exceptional as this is almost always required when using Ayahuasca or other psychedelics. Indeed, a medical check-up before an ayahuasca ceremony is essential to avoid complications.
But for a 5-MEO-DMT session, as long as you are physically and mentally healthy, and don't take any medicine such as anti-depressors, you would be qualified for the bufo experience.
Another advantage which makes it more accessible to a larger number of people.
However, as we mentioned earlier, before the bufo session itself it is highly recommended that the facilitator provides grounding techniques and energy work to the participant. These include a massage, acupuncture, physical exercise, certain foods, and even just talking.
The goal is to bring total relaxation to the participant. It will also energetically open his body by removing any blockages and as a result, maximize the energy flow within the body during the session.
Interestingly, 5-MEO-DMT "practitioners" advise against meditation. Indeed, meditating could end up prolonging the grounding/integration period by triggering additional reactivations.
7- Bufo has a few contraindications, no risk, and no after effect which makes it very accessible
Among the contraindications to consider before smoking Bufo: it should not be taken with MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors), or any newer antidepressants. Apart from that, no other contraindications.
Then, 5-MEO-DMT has very low risks. And there are no, or very few side effects during the experience (possible nausea or headache have been mentioned).
In comparison, DMT and other psychedelics have a long list of side effects (the most frequent being vomiting, diarrhea, uneasiness, or discomfort) and higher risks.
A recent study from The Journal of Psychopharmacology confirmed that 5-MEO-DMT is safe to use and has a low risk of health consequences.
Last but not least, 5-MEO-DMT has no after effect.
This means that you can return to your life one or two hours after smoking bufo as if nothing would have happened. Except that you will have discovered God's realm!
8- No shamanic or specific ceremony required before smoking bufo
Surprisingly, unlike experiences with Ayahuasca, there is no spiritual or shamanic ceremony to undergo before smoking 5-MEO-DMT.
Doing a 5-MEO-DMT session is pretty simple and straightforward. And that is also why some people favor it among other psychedelics.
No need to believe in anything, neither to pray, dance, or call any spirits to be able to experience the 5-MEO-DMT spirit molecule benefits.
This can be quite comforting especially for atheists and more rational people.
9- A smooth and pleasant journey
The whole experience with Bufo is pretty nice and smooth.
First of all, you don't need to swallow a repulsive beverage. Unlike with Ayahuasca, where you need to drink a tea containing a mix of several plants which can be difficult to swallow.
You won't have either to eat venomous mushrooms and feel the uneasiness to have eaten something poisonous.
The journey is undoubtedly guaranteed to be more pleasant with 5-MEO-DMT!
10- A session of 5-MEO-DMT remains affordable compared to other psychedelics
As no spiritual ceremony or any special preparation whatsoever is required beforehand, a Bufo session is fast. As we mentioned earlier, it can last between 20 to 90 minutes. And fast means also more affordable than long journeys.
Indeed, you don't need to go on a 4 to 7 days retreat as most other psychedelic healing medicine to experience 5-MEO-DMT. And these retreats can be very pricey.
As an example, a survey among 16 psychedelic retreats in Costa Rica shows an average price of 3 000$ per person for a 6 days Ayahuasca retreat. This price includes in average 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies, a full meal plan, and accommodation with good, but non-luxury standards. That is to say a cost of 500$ per day on average, quite a high budget.
On the contrary, you will need only a few hours of your time and a couple of hundreds of dollars to experience the strongest psychedelic in the world.
As an example, in Costa Rica, a 5-MEO-DMT session done by a talented professional healer, including two hours of Thai massage, can be found for 220 dollars!
In comparison, and considering the intensity of the experience and the outcomes, it is a rather more affordable price to pay.
5-MEO-DMT sessions can also be done under the format of several days retreat if one can afford to. However, if finances are a concern, it is good to know that this is not a prerequisite.
Thanks to these 10 reasons, you may now understand why the 5-MEO-DMT experience is truly unique. This is one of these things to do once in your lifetime!
This life-changing experience with Bufo is the strongest one you can experience, though the shortest, fastest, cheapest, with the lowest risks and side effects, and no after-effects.
It is affordable, smooth, straightforward, without prior preparation required, and with very deep healing effects.
It is an experience that you won't be able to know with any other psychedelic or practice on earth.
And to experience the peak, you only need to do it once! Of course, several sessions are possible, and they are also reported to be very different from one another...
So, are you ready to give it a try?
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We are located on the stunning remote Osa peninsula in the south of Costa Rica, with 5-MEO-DMT sessions available by an amazing facilitator nearby.
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Enjoy the journey toward unconditional love and a more conscious self!
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